My current read: The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath.
And what Gaiman, my curly-haired comrade, said about kindness…
Be good to each other.
My current read…
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
“Reading in bed can be heaven, assuming you can get just the right amount of light on the page and aren’t prone to spilling your coffee or cognac on the sheets.” -Stephen King
I took some time to hike the Tawas Point State Park and thought it’d be fun to make a post using some of the pictures I snapped while tying in literature…
“The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence.” -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“The bell jar hung, suspended, a few feet above my head. I was open to the circulating air.” -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“The silence drew off, baring the pebbles and shells and all the tatty wreckage of my life.” -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“Can you understand? Someone, somewhere, can you understand me a little, love me a little? For all my despair, for all my ideals, for all that – I love life. But it is hard, and I have so much – so very much to learn.” -Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
I’m sitting in a small restaurant eating lunch and reading the book Nest by Esther Ehrlich during my lunch hour.
When I flip over, the chlorine burns my eyes, but I like the way everything looks fuzzy and green. I surface – dive down, down, down. With my belly on the bottom of the pool, I’m a beautiful mermaid. I take my hair out of its ponytail and put the elastic on my wrist. I swim around with my long, flowy hair and slithery body. Tiny bubbles float off my skin. The golden hair on my arms wave around. A mermaid never needs to come up for air. She opens her mouth and tasty minnows drift in. She drinks seawater. She swims for as long as she wants, and no one sees her unless she wants them to. No one sees her and no one talks to her and no one touches her and says stupid things. No one even thinks about her. And she doesn’t think about anyone. …I want to stay down here in the fuzzy green, not thinking about anyone…but my lungs ache and my head hurts and I can’t help pulling myself up through the water and gulping air.
I could see this book winning the Newbery.
The past month has been one of firsts.
As a new director, I recently completed my first Library of Michigan State Aid report. It wasn’t as cumbersome as I anticipated and I even found myself rather enjoying digging into some of the numbers in order to get the percentage of funds contributed by the specific municipalities within my library’s legal and contracted service area. I had several preconceived notions which were challenged and later laid to rest. I’ve had a few conversations with library folks, based on the data, and they too had their ideas challenged. Overall, the process has been very enlightening and I plan on presenting some of the data at the next library board meeting.
This past week, the library hosted my first adult program since taking the reigns. A dear friend, Melissa Brown-VanSickle, presented an introduction to essential oils which focused on the various health properties and uses of different types of oils. Each person in attendance was given an oil, of their choosing, in a cute little bottle to take home and enjoy.
On Friday, the library participated with other local business in the Deckerville Dickens of a Christmas. We offered two story/craft sessions — one in the morning and the second in the evening. The evening session had excellent attendance! Story of choice was Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean and Eric Litwin.
The group decorated snowflakes (which I cut out prior to the program — for simplicity) with: crayons, glitter glue, faux bling, and sequins.
It was three years ago, when I was turning 30, that I decided to tour 30 libraries for my birthday — the 30 Years and 30 Libraries project. One of the libraries in which I toured, Moore Public Library, won a new AWE early literacy station at our library cooperative’s annual meeting. After conferring with their library board, MPL donated their used AWE station to Deckerville Public Library! The new-to-us AWE station is sitting upon a cute little antique desk which was just donated by a member of the library staff — her husband even sandblasted and repainted it.
Earlier this year, I was asked if I’d be interested in revamping the Village of Deckerville’s website. I wanted to get settled into my position before undertaking any projects outside of the library. The project started in November and went live during the last week in November. It’s still a work in progress as I’ll be adding ordinances and permits as well as doing something a bit different for the public notices page, but it’s out there and people seem pleased thus far.
Now I just need to finish my library’s new website…
Yesterday in the stacks, I overheard the following: “You’re just jealous that I’m reading a thick book!”
That completely made my day.
What also made my day: the fact that I finished editing an enormous batch of our bib records — everything that has been cataloged since February — which were then mapped as “not requestable” by MCLS and subsequently uploaded to the MeLCat server. My eyes were pretty shot by the time I finished that project, but I felt like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Managing new items in our collection will be made easier by using labeled lists within our ILS which serve to remind me to change their circulation status in 6 months thus triggering another upload to the MeLCat server.
While outside and about to leave for my book break, I spotted our garden gnome doing some work in one of the flower beds.
Last night, before leaving, I checked out Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I read some before bed last night and really got into it.
It was a gnomtastic day.
After four years, nearly 600 posts, and graduation from library school, Hermionish is still going!
On June 15, 2010, during my very first semester, I started this blog for the purpose of immersing myself in the Web 2.0 technologies cited in LIS 6010 and as a way of sharing my thoughts as well as experiences in library school. As a result of this blog, I’ve toured some beautiful and innovative libraries plus met some pretty fabulous people along the way — several of which have become dear friends of mine.
I’d like to celebrate this milestone by having a giveaway! It kicks off on Friday, June 13 @ 12:00 a.m. and runs through Friday, June 20 @ 11:59 p.m.
What I’m giving away:
A custom, digital caricature by Eddie Renner — the perfect profile picture for your social media accounts. (According to FTC rules, I need to disclose that I did not receive the prize for free and I was not paid for writing my blog post or for putting on this giveaway. In fact, I am personally paying for the digital caricature drawn by Eddie Renner at getasketch.com.)
For further information and to register for the giveaway, please visit my Rafflecopter page: Hermionish Giveaway: Digital Caricature
Thank you for reading and good luck!
I get excited when books in which I’ve read and fell in love with make it into their displays — the notion that someone else will likely check it out and, perhaps, fall in love with it as I did.
My town library put together such a display and as a result I’ve checked out several books in which I likely wouldn’t have picked up on my own. In other words, the display has encouraged me to branch out to read different authors and even genres.
I should add that I was asked by the library director to participate in their “staff picks” display — the feeling that my opinions mattered made feel included and part of their team.
Now that I am in a position in which I can put ideas into action, you can surely bet that DPL has such a display.
Last Thursday night, at our staff and volunteer library soirée, I introduced the idea and it was met with much enthusiasm and excitement. I am quite geeked about this project!